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situation on its hands. the fear is, syria is going to use it against its own people. >>> and the fight on breast cancer, the controversy on the life-saving drug, and how long women should take it. >>> and 27 days to go when the fiscal cliff arrives, so why are so many members of the house going home when they're supposed to be working on it? >>> and people showing up for others, right when they need it. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, we begin tonight with an important story, details of which may sound very familiar to a lot of americans, given our history over the past few years in places like iraq. tonight, pentagon sources are telling nbc news syria is preparing chemical weapons for their possible use against the syrian people in the form of aerial bombs. it is believed this specific intelligence is the reason why president obama took a hard line against syria just a few days ago, warning them there would be consequences if these weapons were used. let's begin here tonight with the very latest. on what we know, starting with our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. g
and rolling and 20 seconds later put down the phone. here in fairfax county police are using a law fillure to pay full attention who texting or distracted behind the wheel. >> not a day goes by without noticing another driver texting while driving. the officers are doing what they can to enforce it. >> these kinds of violations have skyrocketed. in 2009, about 7,000 offenses. in 2010, over 9,000. last year and this year, close to 12,000 offenses. here in virginia, a number of bills are being drawn up that would make the penalties for texting and driving tougher. the problem is that in the commonwealth, texting and driving is a secondary offense. meaning you can't be pulled over just for texting alone. carl rally's 19-year-old son kyle was killed a year and a half ago because of an apparent texting and driving case. kyle's car broke down near his home and kyle got out to push and he was then hit. records show the driver who hit him was his phone. >> texting. not texting, not looking at the road while driving the car which -- turns into a weapon because of the complicated way virginia laws a
as others were being laid to rest. nbc's anne thompson remains in newtown for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know the biggest difference at school today was police presence. at holly elementary school, officers stopped each and every car and spoke to the parents and students inside. and at each school there was a team of counsellors helping students deal with their grief and fear. the reopening of newtown schools an act of faith and resolve. >> whether you wait a day a month or whatever. there's no -- there's no rule book. >> reporter: determination quickly tested as a threat to one elementary school forced it into lockdown before students even arrived. the sight of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school remained closed. moving vans carrying furniture and equipment left under a police escort, headed for the school's new building in neighboring monroe. at newtown's catholic church, two funerals today. james mattioli, the first grader who loved to sing loudly, a mini version of his dad. his favorite classes were math and recess. 6-year-old jessica r
>> stay with us. "news4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. >> the sixth win in a row for the redskins. does it all come down to win number seven? we'll break down what the reds must do to make it to the playoffs. >> good morning. welcome to "news4 today." it's christmas eve, monday december 24th, 2012. just one more day until christmas. can you believe us? some of you like us may be headed to work early or have last-minute shopping to do. things appear to be dry but changes are on the way. >> tom kierein is here with details. >> also travel. a lot of people heading out of town today right now starting off if you are about to head out the door, no travel problems weatherwise. it's cold. clouds now drifting over the region and if you are heading off to the south you'll be driving into rain if you are heading into the carolinas or toward tennessee and kentucky. and farther west heading due west later today you may be driving into some wintry precipitation. right now getting some rain down in tennessee, southwestern virginia and kentucky. ahead of that under the clouds we
to be approaching you in a parking lot. >> this time of year, many of us are using our smart phones at gatherings and parties. it can be a pain to get all of those memories from a phone, into a printer and into a frame. we'll see how some apps are making that ease jer. >> say cheese. >> smile. big smile. >> the phone is with me everywhere. >> like most moms, michelle nagra who has four kids has one phone overflowing with photos. >> it always has, like, 2,000 pictures or so on my computer. >> pictures that rarely made it from phone to frame because printing can be such a process. >> you can crop the pictures if you want. >> but, now, new apps like free print make it easy to print directly from your album. >> you can print out a hundred pictures every month for just the shipping fee. and the pictures actually turn out really great. >> another app. snaparific is similar and lets you send prints to anyone in your address book. one popular option? turning a picture into a canvas. >> we actually strip the photographic emulsion off of the paper and mount that on canvas. you get a really nice check that
, we broke the story yesterday. and tonight a new warning from the u.s. >>> and big news about american jobs and apple computers, and the exclusive interview with the man who now runs t company. >>> and after years of just say no and millions of arrests, a new marijuana law makes histor >>> and going home, smiling, our first look at kate as she leaves the hospital today, nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, there has been swift and worldwide reaction to the story we brought you last night, the reporting of our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski, quoting intelligence sources indicating the syrian military has loaded the first stages, the so-called precursor chemicals, as chemical weapons that could be deployed as aerial bombs. and the fear is president assad of syria, facing long odds of power in syria or even staying alive, could use the chemical weapons against his own people s. from the defense secretary on down, the world be the world reacted to the news today ur chief foreign we begin with our chief foreign correspondent affairs, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: they warned
enduring psychological torture for five days in that war-torn country. angie joins us with more on this harrowing story. >> reporter: good morning. the face of nbc news known for covering some of the world's most dangerous stories found himself in the headlines after disappearing with his crew in syria. >> i'm very happy that we're able to do this shot this morning. >> we're in good health, we're okay. >> reporter: on the "today" show after a terrifying five days of being captive. earlier this morning we got our first glimpse and he talked about the traumatic experience. >> we were with some gunmen, rebels who were escorting us. theyxecuted one of them on the spot and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we were not physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first and when we refused there were mock shootings. >> we'll go to a sniper position. >> reporter: engel who is known for his fierce reporting on the front line of war-torn countries say they were crossing from syria to turkey
coming through. they will be with us from time-to-time throughout afternoon. i'll have the forecast for the lighting ceremony. we look at the forecast tomorrow and the afternoon coming up in a few minutes. keith? >> a messy morning on the beltway after a pineapple truck overturned on the outer loop near 270. lanes of the highway were closed for hours as they empty the produce into another truck. the delays stretched nine miles. the question is, is that accident clear now? >> a pineapple truck? >> a pineapple truck. juicy. >> danella, do you know anything about it? >> i have been covering it all morning long. guess what, the right lane is blocked. traveling the outer loop of the beltway. you can get on i-270. as you continue the right lane is blocked. there's good news. the truck is no longer overturned. it is shortly, hopefully looking to clearing soon. let's talk delays. as you make your way past connecticut avenue, you hit the breaks. closer to i-270, you slow down. none of the eight mile back up stuff. when i come back, we talk about i-66. barbara, over to you. >> thanks. >>> new
is prepared to use chemical weapons, including seron nerve gas against its own people. will this guy give that order? new details ahead. >>> president obama remains firm that the wealthy must pay more, and a few republicans are joining him. >>> pippaisits sister kate, the $8 million man, and nasa's high res look at you on our planet earth. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, december 6th, 2012. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. well, this week president obama put syrian leader bashar al assad on notice specifically about the use of chemical weapons, and now we know why. pentagon sources tell nbc news syria is preparing chemical weapons for their possible use against the syrian people in the form of aerial bombs. >> reporter: as the fighting grows more intense and syrian rebels close in on damascus, the syrian regime has turned increasingly desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the precursor chemicals for seron nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of syrian fighter bombers.
more people would use it. new reaction to the idea. chris gordon joins us live at the icc, which is marking its first anniversary today. hey, chris. >> reporter: good evening. first of all, imagine in your mind's eye the kind of traffic tie-ups, the beltway backups you have faced over the years during rush hour. then compare it to this, the icc in durwood, maryland, we're at rush hour. traffic is sparse. moving at speed. which is 55 miles an hour. this was built to relief traffic congestion but it's underused and it looks like an empty airport runway according to the councilman. >> cut in half in hopes of doubling the traffic that produces the same amount of revenue but twice the use and help get cars off of other roads and make the icc an effective road in terms of how many people use it. >> reporter: we drove the entire 18-mile icc midday and found only a few vehicles using the three lanes in each direction between gaithersburg and laurel. >> i use it a couple of times a month. i would use it more frequently, but i think the tolls are a bit ridiculous. >> reporter: if the toll
'll show you what i think in a minute. >>> thank you so much, doug. people in our area are using today to stock up ahead of this winter weather. david culver of our northern virginia bureau is live in louding county. all right. so what exactly do we need to get? or what are folks getting, david? >> erica, i can tell you this would be the third snow event for folks who live right here in loudoun county, that includes this christmas eve and this past wednesday. we caught up with a few folks just getting ready ahead, we went by a harris teeter in ash burn and some folks were doing grocery shopping. the parking lot not too packed, still dismiss shopper wanted to make sure they had enough to get through the weekend just in case. >> so what do we got here? >> enough to last me for a couple days, because i get orders from headquarters, my oldest daughter, don't go out. >> we're a bit concerned because of the snow and the ice we were supposed to go downtown. >> reporter: we'll see how her mr. and mrs. turn out tomorrow. a lot of folks heading to hardaway stores. what we found there, and our fi
with that and then we'll start negotiating on the other side. it makes no sense for us to negotiate against ourselves. >> reporter: as the cliff looms, one influential voice says enough is enough. >> that's like betting your country. that's something terribly bizarre and juvenile about that as to think your party comes ahead of your country. i don't go for that at all. >> reporter: now lester, aides do say the lines of community are open, but the president heads to the detroit tomrow to continue on that campaign to get the republicans to cave on the tax breaks. >>> john harwood is cnbc's political correspondent, what where do they go from here? >> republicans ultimately are going to give ground on tax rates, raise them for some portion of wealthy americans, somewhere eastern a miaround a year. two strong bets are the increase in the medicare eligibility ages from 65 to 67 and the reduction in the social security inflation formula, president agreed to those in the mid 2011 grand bargain talks that failed. john boehner has asked for them again, good bet that those will happen. >>> a month after voters
violence in this society. just putting more deadly weapons out there. >> reporter: and as for how the u.s. would pay to put armed officers in every american school, as the nra recommends, lester, lapierre pointed the u.s. is spending billion of dollars year to train police in iraq and asked why federal dollars can't be used to train school guards here at home. >> peter alexander, thanks. another one of lapierre's claims that producers of movies, tv shows and video games are more responsible for real-life gun violence than guns themselves. from los angeles, nbc's mike taibbi takes a closer look at the issue of violence in our popular culture. >> reporter: it was a week after the explosion of gunfire in newtown that the nra's wayne lapierre called hollywood and the gaming industry enablers and co-conspirators in a culture of gun violence. >> a child growing up in america today witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18. >> reporter: hollywood knows the poll body count is high and profitable. five of the year's top ten grossing
joins us now live from newtown with the latest today. jay? >> reporter: you are absolutely right. another rough day here as you have described today. first graders from sandy hook elementary gathering to bury two more of their classmates while students at other schools here went back to class for the first time since the tragedy. the pain of saying good-bye has become a part of every day now in newtown. this grieving community buried two more first graders today. jessica rekos loved horses and asked santa for cow girl boots and a hat for christmas. a first born, she liked to plan and organize so much her family called her their ceo. james mattioli, nicknamed jay, loved sports on his ipad. early riser. he usually ended the day cuddled up on the couch next to his mom. there are so many here holding one another tight right now unable to sthak the horror. for jean ro . >> they kept saying that -- one of the boys said he had a big gun and a little gun. i -- i -- i could not fathom what they were talking about. >> reporter: he found the boys huddled in his yard after they ran past the
of the country, back in turkey of the we'll follow the story throughout the morning. stay with us for updates. >>> there is rain on the radar right now. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with with us now for what it means to us. tom, good morning. >> that rain is in to west virginia now. it's coming from an upper level disturbance that been moving in along a front that's going to sweep in later today and bring us gusty winds. getting sprinkles of rain. much of west virginia into southeastern ohio, western pennsylvania. this disturbance going to pass right over our region here by later this morning and early afternoon. ahead of that, we've got some chilly temperatures. these areas in blue in the 40s. our northern, western suburbs as well as in the shenandoah valley and mountains. closer to washington, northern neck, eastern shore, tidewater region, generally in the low and mid 50s. in the metro area, it's in the upper 40s. near 50 prince yorj's, as well as in arlington. 40s in fairfax county and in the district, it's hovering around 50 degrees. later today, by 7:00 a.m., still aro
about the crisis in syria as nbc news learns the syrian military is awaiting final orders to use chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous
. storm team 4 radar shows not a lot going on close to us. your planner for today is filled with sunshine. sunny and pleasant day to be outside today. temperatures running a couple degrees warmer than average here in the warmest december on record so far, but i promise you we have some cold air coming our way in the near future. we will talk about that and a possibility for winter weather coming up. >>> this morning the holiday travel rush is on with just two -- can you believe it, two days to go until christmas. fly something easier than it was in the last few days between this week's midwest snow storms and the high winds. those winds delayed flights for about 15 minutes at reagan national, and at dulles flights were delayed by as much as an hour because arriving flights could be land. this morning flights are pretty much back on schedule. plows are in full force in syracuse, new york. that's where people are seeing their first snowfall of the year, 3 to 6 inches in fact. and buffalo new york has more than a foot of snow in the last three days. >> right now on the roads things are looki
a little bit of light shoveling of snowfall, many of us. we're at 38 degrees right now. windchill temperature at 30 degrees. our storm system still way back to the west around minneapolis and down around areas of arkansas. again, it's going to take a while for them to come together. so your day part forecast, we're going to be dry throughout the day, we'll see clouds increase, especially by the time we get to 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 this evening. a lot of high clouds will start moving in of the a cold start for us at 34 degrees. at 8:00. 44 is where i think we'll top out today. about 3:00 or 4:00. here is what we're expecting. chance of accumulating snowfall. areas in the blue, culpeper, manassas, around d.c., areas into baltimore and aberdeen and mostly rain in southeastern maryland. we'll look at the snowfall amounts coming up. mike cremedas in for traffic. >> water main break at cedar avenue. traffic is getting by to the right. looking great. northbound 95 as you make the trip towards the beltway. let's take a live look at the cameras north of the princeway and pasch way. no serious b
. they didn't come in until about march of last year. this year is the first time we get to use them. >> officials in maryland, d.c. and virginia all have the same advice for when it comes to snow. if you don't have to drive around, folks, stay inside. that way crews can take care of the roads and keep people safe at the same time. >>> enjoy the mild conditions for your friday. major changes coming your way for the weekend. veronica johnson is here for the forecast. >> seems like we got rid of one storm and another one is moving in. starting right after midnight. temperature outside right now, 38 degrees reagan national. your windchill at 30. so we lost a lot of the high winds but still enough wind out there to bring down that windchill reading. you can see the winds currently. at about 5 to 10 miles per hour across our area. that's kind of where they're going to stay today. as far as temperatures go right now, benning at 33 degrees. areas right in d.c. there at 37. high atsville at 32 degrees. aspen hill in montgomery county, coming in currently at 34 degrees. windchill ratings are
meteorologist, kim martucci, and she tells us about the weather and the redskins game. >> we have the redskins forecast, and it will feel like the middle 20s. it will only get colder as the game wears on. no precipitation expected to fall. we will have to get through gusty winds today. the winds are gusting to 45 miles per hour in hagerstown, and in d.c. the winds are gusting to 33 miles per hour. this means it feels like the 20s outside. dress for that windchill, and you will be much better to go than if you dress for the anticipated high in the high 30s. the winds should be relaxing a little bit for the redskins game. appears little bit of good news for you guys, and back to you. >>> and you can expect traffic backups. the beltway, of course, may jam starting at hrapbover road and that exit by fedex field, and 395 could get crowded. if you decide to take the metro it will be open an extra hour to accommodate fans, or can you skip all the traffic troubles together and stick with us here at nbc 4. we have all your redskins coverage tonight before the game. catch the pregame show "redskins show
vance. tonight, president obama issued yet another warning to republicans, do not use the fiscal cliff to start a fight over the debt ceiling. the u.s. could reach its debt ceiling by the end of the month, and risk defaulting on its loans early next year. house speaker john boehner today said, quote, we don't have time for the president to continue shifting the goal posts. we need to solve this problem. danielle lee now joins us from capitol hill with more on this story tonight. danielle? >> reporter: jim, good evening. we're just now learning that president obama spoke to house speaker john boehner by phone this afternoon. but we're not hearing of any progress on avoiding the fiscal cliff or on raising the nation's debt ceiling which is currently at $16.4 trillion. there are new concerns about what could happen to the country's credit rating in the new year. each day toward the fiscal cliff is also another day closer to the country maxing out on its borrowing limit. president obama talked to business leaders today. >> the only thing that the debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is to
, they will use that last second. >> it's ticking down. good evening, erv. >>> the senate deal looks close, but not close enough. steve handlesman reports on how house speaker john boehner will. >> reporter: john bain ircould change his mind, but unless he does and allows a vote, america goes off the fiscal cliff surrounding himself with middle-class americans, president obama had sounded optimistic this afternoon. it's not done. >> reporter: sources say taxes would rise on income over 4 to 500,000. a big win -- >> keep in mind just last month republicans in congress said they would never agree to raise rates. obviously the agreement is currently being discussed would raise those rates and raise them permanently. they made the president promising tax hikes above 250,000. not 450. >> well, i just think that's grossly unfair. >> a hangup -- democrats want a two-year postponement, covered by the new tax hikes. the president scoffed at republican demand for deeper spending cuts. >> shove only spending cuts down -- well -- shove -- shove spending cuts at us. >> reporter: so much for winning gop
, the vehicle took off and as witnesses tell us here at the scene, at a high rate of speed. now, what we can tell you is that three people were arrested here at the scene, taken from the nissan. the nissan clipped a vehicle, a chevy of someone who was just driving through here. that car was pretty heavily damaged and i understand the driver of the car did receive some medical treatment. but as far as we can tell, none of the people who were in the nissan for as banged up as it is, were injured. there were no injuries on the metro bus and crash saep investigators are going to keep this intershake-up here at wheeler road and southern avenue, right at the d.c., prince george's county border. they'll keep it closed some time longer for the investigation. reporting live in southeast washington. va i can bensen, news4. >>> negotiations will resume today at the white house on a deal to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. president obama will meet with congressional leaders this afternoon with just four days left to reach an agreement. with time running out it appears a deal would lik
of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this time, the suspect is a woman. we will have the details. >>> and later, we'll look back at how we covered the biggest stories from 2012, from golden moments at the olympics to the hard-fought race for the white house and the unimaginable damage from superstorm sandy and more. >>> we'll start with another winter storm getting ready to wallop a large swath of the country. maria larosa has the details. >> it places like arkansas just a few days ago under blizzard warnings. now we're talking about freezing rain advisories. also, the winter weather advisories. you see the advisories stretch back into the ohio valley, back into the northeast. that's basically the trail of the snow with this next system. so over the next 24 to 48 hours we'll see it develop. it will continue through the south with thunderstorms and showers. not to the extent of the severe weather with the last round, but you can see en
car and spent over $50. >> reporter: but gas has dropped nearly 50 cents on average. while many of us missed it, they noticed it in california where regular unleaded dropped a full dollar. 370 now. >> i saved money. i am happier at the tank. >> reporter: why the price drop? much of it is supply and demand. demand drops during the winter and we are driving more fuel efficient cars. also, u.s. supply increased. >> with production rising to an 18-year high with demand at a ten-year lower less reliant on imports to meet our demand. >> reporter: america is using nearly 700,000 fewer barrels of oil each year than we did in 2007. does that mean we won't have to worry about $4 or $5 gas? >> we could see $4 this spring. $5, i wouldn't be surprised to see pumps at $5 a gallon. should there be another refining issue. >> reporter: but americans will have extra dollars to spend on family and friends this holiday season. >> that was tom costello reporting. now to the latest business news. there are small gains on wall street. let's check in with hampton pearson with more on that. hi has the rest of
in on celebrations there and around the world. >> then we'll catch up with three women that had us talking in 2012, including a mom that sparked debate over this picture. and an anchor who caught flack about her weight. >>> andrea mitchell joins us with the condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. >> her spokesman called a blood clot stemming from the concussion she had sustained earlier. the administration's most high profile frequent flyer, 112 countries, nearly 1 million miles, more than 400 days of travel, now grounded under doctor's care at new york presbyterian after a spokesman says physicians discovered a blood clot wednesday. onny whirlwind trip, she picked up a stomach virus that led to dehydration that led to a fall, a concussion and now, her aides say, a blood clot. >> she's had a very real accident and is recovering from it. she will be back. >> reporter: for three weeks, clinton has been out of the office, but still working while recovering at home. her concussion caused her to miss a grilling. her deputies went instead. >> secretary clinton is recovering from a serious virus
spending -- shove spending cuts at us. >> reporter: so much for winning gop allies. >> laughs and jokes and ridicules republicans. why? >> reporter: another question -- will speaker john boehner permit a house vote to hike taxes? if most of his reps will vote no. whatever happens before midnight or doesn't happen. this partisan war on taxes and spending is sure to continue into 2013. i'm steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. >>> many investors are known for their averse to uncertainty. wall street is closely watching developments on capitol hill. brian sullivan is the coanchor of "streets signs" on cnbc and he's joining us with the latest. hi, brian. >> how are you doing? >> how are protracted negotiations affecting the markets so far? >> it is markets are closing out the year with a high note however, just moments ago cnbc report john harwood at the white house said his sources tell him there will be no vote tonight. so even if we get a deal, it looks like the deal will not be made before the new year, so technically we are going to go over the fiscal cliff, but if we get a deal in th
firefight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days. this morning, they are with us live and will tell us what happened. >>> everyday hero. she was principal who laid down her life for her students in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from newto
and all that is for us right now is the cowboys. >> this win is the sixth in a row for the redskins. the longest winning streak in 15 years and puts them at 9-6 on the season. the redskins are looking for their first nfc east title since 1999. it's simple here. if they win against the cowboys, they win the division. but they can lose next week and still sneak into the postseason. if they lose, they need nnesota and chicago to lose as well, which would put all three teams at 9-7. the redskins own the tie breaker over those two teams. because of the importance of this game, the time of the redskins and cowboys matchup has changed. kickoff set for 8:20 on sunday night. the final game of the 2012 regular season. you can watch the redskins take on dallas on sunday right here on nbc 4. >>> if you still have some holiday shopping to do, get ready for a busy day. it's christmas eve and shoppers have the last chance to do that last-minute shopping which means stores everywhere will be very, very busy. news4's melissa mollet is live this morning in alexandria where some stores are already ope
think it's a bit much. but okay. 4:59 is our time. stay with us. news 4 continues right now at 5:00 a.m. >>> breaking news in prince george's county. police evacuate a neighborhood overnight when a man barricades himself in his apartment. we're live on the scene. good morning everyone. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to news4 today. it's 50 degrees. little bit of a wet start. let's check in with tom kierein with forecast. tom, hi. >> good morning. when you went to bed last night, you probably saw a lot fog in your neighborhood. it's pretty much gone. the winds have picked up sweeping the fog away. we've had overnight sprinkles too. they're gone now. as we look at the view from space, the satellite image showing a few clouds lingering over the metro area in parts of northern virginia and maryland. there are breaks in the clouds over the shenandoah vaey. parts of the northern neck. cloud cover there beginning to break up a little bit. temperatures right now around the metro area in fairfax, arlington, prince george's, arlington in the upper 40s. it's in the low 50s much of
it. this comes as reports of the government preparing to use chemical weapons on the civilians there. since march of 2011, 40,000 people have been killed in the country's civil war. >>> a u.s. capitol police officer is in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car. this happened around 8:30 last night around massachusetts avenue in northeast washington. we're told the officer was hit during a traffic stop. her condition has not been released. so far no charges have been filed against the driver. >>> a video posted online is sparking an investigation of a metro bus driver. check it out. this video appears to show the driver holding and possibly even reading a newspaper behind the wheel. the rider who shot this video on unsuck d.c. metro posted it online. metro will start monitoring some of its employees next year, including bus drivers, to make sure they get enough sleep. the transit agency will ask those who maintain buses and trains to log their sleep habits and wear a motion detecting advice. metro is trying to combat fatigue after a 2011 study found those worked longer hou
. detectives tell us there was an explosion around 4:00 this morning here at the virginia credit union on gordon shelton boulevard. the outdoor atm was damaged but no money was taken. the credit union was open for business today. no other explosives were found. >>> a 14-year-old boy is dead after a prince george's county shooting. police say reyes was walking with a group of friends just before 1:00 a.m. on sheridan street in louisdale. men driving by in a car opened fire on teens. reyes was taken to the hospital and later died. another teenager was hit but he's expected to be okay. police believe the shooting was gang related. >>> a fighting over spring speech is in dispute. a man said bad reviews on yelp are costing him business and a lot of money. more on the story. >> jim, today's hearing was all about what jane perez can and cannot say online when this lawsuit is pending. perez wrote bad re suviews, and implies someone from his company may have stolen her jewelry. this is deets walking out of court with his attorney today. he said perez's comments are costing him big money. perez
, and it's been so difficult to even be a bystander and listen, and i think the hard thing for all of us -- and i know even me at home -- when hurricane sandy hit, you could do something. you could send clothes, money. you could physically help them clean up. in this ca you want to do something, but you're peeking into this really tragic, sad world, and the only thing i think a lot of people and parents can do is hug their kids and pray for those families, and i think there's a weird sort of -- don't you feel like a helpless feeling? you want to do something, and there's nothing worse than standing watching someone who is in pain and not being able to lean in and help. >> anybody that was complaining about anything before this happened, it puts everything into perspective, doesn't it? and the fact that there were not only 20 precious little lives, innocent little children, but six adults as well, and all women, all of them were somebody's daughter, somebody's sister, somebody's wife, and probably somebody's mother as well. we know that for the principal. >> sometimes even surviving, ther
involved in very personal terms. >> reporter: tiffany had used twitter to tell the president her family can't afford a tax increase. and the white house released this video. >> $2,000 for me would be paying a month's rent. >> reporter: back in washington, more gridlock. >> it's up to the republicans to decide how long it's going to take. >> the president actually isn't interested in a balance agreement. >> reporter: with both sides stuck on tax hikes for the top 2%, economists wonder if lawmakers will reach a deal this year. >> i'm skeptical. but i do think it can be done early next year, before it does significant economic damage. >> reporter: mark zandy warned a congressional committee they would have just over a month to negotiate in 2013 before the economy falls apart. >> by mid-february, it will be doing a lot of damage. >> reporter: anticipating the fiscal cliff and massive layoffs that could come with it, democrats called on lawmakers to continue an extension to jobless benefits expiring this year. >> now they're at risk of losing their last lifeline. >> reporter: 25 days left, no de
in rockefeller plaza. >>> hey, everybody, so glad you're here with us, it's winesday wednesday, it's december 5th. >> already. >> already is right. >> is flying by. should we do a toast just to midweek? >> absolutely. >> and to the luncheon we are going to have today. >> that's right. we are going to see a lot of you today, hopefully about 200 of you at gallagher's. called gallagher's steak house at west 52nd street, just two doors down from "scandalous." >> 11:30 we will be there. we are going to this studio and go running over there. >> hopefully we'll see you at the matinee. >>> sad news to announce that we did post our closing date yesterday, we had to. sadly. i was with the cast last night and i'm prejudiced, of course, i'm the mother of this show. they are the best -- they are the best cast on broadway. they are unbelievable. and i love them to pieces. every -- you know, there's a sadness that comes with this but a good art tell in "the post" today, michael reidel writes the definitive theater article. he was saying so many of the brand-new shows this fall really really have struggled and a
on their favorite. coming up at 5:00, tom sherwood shows us why cabs may not end up being any of these colors at all. they do get your attention. >> they sure do. >> gray is the color of the day today, damp all day long. >> we're looking for things to clear up. the question is when? meteorologist veronica johnson. >> hey there, guys, we'll have to wait a while before we see any clearing. of course, it has been damp today, as a matter of fact we've been running some 10 to 15 degrees above average with a gray sky and damp weather throughout. of cour, this morning we had quite a bit of fog. it took a while to get rid of it. still a lot of fog way up to the north, around areas of morgantown and cumberland. cloud cover is still with us with rain that will move back in later tonight. not expecting a lot. you can see the showers a lot, just northwest of fredericks. temperatures across the area, as we checknow, here at 61 degrees, riverdale adelphi and laurel coming in at 59, with 67 down to the south in fredericksburg. so on your good night forecast, it is looking like it will be mild. more fog will form l
. the president signalled a big potential shift in u.s. involvement there. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is here to bring us more on what is a developing story. >> reporter: david, despite increasing criticism and warnings, the government of bashir al assad is revving up its activities. this area was bombed last night. regarding chemical weapons, commanders we have spoken to are very concerned that the government could use chemical weapons. they are completely not prepared for that eventuality. they don't have gas masks. they don't have medicine. there's no early warning system here. they have appealed for some kind of training, but so far on the ground there is nothing that could protect them from any kind of deadly chemical weapon that could be used. they are also, rebel commanders we have spok
of children and families with shattered dreams. why has the russian government banned adoptions by u.s. citizens? >>> and new revelations about ronald reagan's relationships with two of the most powerful women in the world, the queen and margaret thatcher in documents released three decades later. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. it is down to the wire now with about 80 hours until the fiscal cliff deadline. and on what is a holiday weekend for many, that is not the case for congressional leaders in washington. there was a sense of urgency today as the president met with house and senate leaders along with the treasury secretary and vice president a short while ago at the white house to try and forge a last-minute deal. the president says he is optimistic, but at this hour, the fiscal cliff still looms. we begin our coverage with nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander who has been watching the developments all day. peter, good
's largest church, will give us her perspective as we enter the fiebl final week before the christmas holiday. >> nbc's lester holt is here with more on the tragedy. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. tough weekend. the community needed the president to come here. he met with the first responders, the families. the speech he delivered was not one that many expected. he offered words of comfort, he also laid down a political gauntlet. for the fourth time since taking office, president obama stood before a community shattered by mass murder to offer words of comfort. >> i can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief. >> the president called last friday the worst day of his presidency. and this time he came with more than words of consolation. the president, sketching the outlines of what amounted to a policy statement on gun violence. >> can we honestly say we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? i've been reflecting this on this the last few days and if we're honest with ourselves, the answer is no. in the coming weeks, i
promising to learn everything they could about the gunman and the guns used in the quiet town of newtown that left 20 children and six adults dead. >> reporter: four days after this shooting the school and shooter's home remain a crime scene. police say they have recovered a significant amount of everybody from both locations that could help them piece together a motive. police are also now confirming that there was actually a second victim who survived that shooting and is recovering. l police saying if not for the first responders, this shooting could have been so much worse. >> i can tell you that the faculty and staff in that school did everything that they possibly could to protect those children. i can tell you that the first responders that got to that sceneh shooter team, entered that school and saved many human lives. i can tell you it broke our hearts when we couldn't save them all. >> reporter: later this afternoon the first two funerals for those victims who did in the survive will be held. the first is for noah pozner. also jack pinto, a 6-year-old who was a big new york gi
each of the victims as their names were called. >> given the amaze acts of heroism around us, both seen and unseen, that allowed us to live, that have given us life in this moment, what will we do now with this opportunity? >> mourners participated in a procession alto the george mason statue where they held a moment of silence. >>> the national rifle association just a short time ago put out a statement on the shooting in connecticut as that tragedy renews cries for more gun control. the nra says, quote, it is made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in newtown. the nra went on to say it would wait for a full investigation before commenting. meantime, in our area -- >> a new proposal to ban the sale of assault weapons. will gun restrictions prevent mass shooting tragedies? this is chris gordon in chantilly. villa report ahead. >>> acts of kindness continue to emerge after the tragedy at sandy hook elementary. nbc's ann curry and others on social media sites are helping to sprea
, the decision faced by every family. so why do so many get it wrong and regret it? harry smith gives us a very intimate look inside one place where they're trying to change that. >> give me as much time as i can get. but keep me comfortable. >>> also tonight, ann curry travels to new zealand to visit film director peter jackson. can his hotly anticipated new movie "the hobbit" possibly live up to "the lord of the rings"? >> one of my favorite characters. >> ann goes inside his magical world. >> now we're really in trouble. >> yeah, where are we looking? oh, dear. >> that and more tonight as "rock center" gets under way. >>> good evening and welcome to "rock center." the impact of apple on life in america is well established by any standard. they have changed our electronics and our culture and whether you're the owner of apple products or not, you've got to admit that much. as much as any company can be about one guy, apple was steve jobs. and now that steve jobs is gone, apple is run by tim cook. he hasn't talked a whole lot about his life or his business. he certainly hasn't done so on telev
talked to somebody from marketing here, and they tell us there's a different crowd. these people seem more willing to spend money and more willing to shop, and a lot of stores are willing to take advantage of that by offering some of the black friday sales, and so it's a good time to get out of here if you have that last-minute item to pick up. there is one of the great places to come, and we're live in fairfax. >> a lot of stores returning to their black friday specials. >>> and today there will be another anti-gun rally in our area. demonstrators will gather and protest in front of a gun shop in falls church. it's a demonstration urging lawmakers to pass more strict gun laws. last night a group project gun violence organized the protest. they say the school shooting in connecticut should help force a national discussion on gun laws. >>> and in 90 minutes, david gregory will have a discussion with wayne lapierre. he said the country needs more guns and called for armed security officers in every school in america. and david gregory says the nra is used to facing criticism and in the
>> a u.s. capital police officer was rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car about 8:30 in the 200 block of hass mass avenue in northeast. we're told theofficer was hit while redirecting another vehicle. there's no word yet on the officer's condition. the scene has just been cleared. so far, no charges file. >>> also tonight, a metro bus driver was taped while he appears to be reading a newspaper while behind the wheel. the transit agency says it is investigating. some riders are upset the about that. shomari stone now with the cell phone video. >> reporter: well, that metro bus driver was around the dupont circle route right around here. all of a sudden passengers say he pulled out a metro -- a newspaper like this one here, started reading it, and many of them tell me they're concerned. >> 31st street. >> reporter: disturbing video posted today on a blog catches a d.c. metro bus driver holding a newspaper in one hand, the steering wheel in another sometime during rush hour over the last two weeks. we showed it to a metro rider. >> that's a safety violation! come on,
? >> i'm not ready for it. i just got used to writing 2012 on my checks, you know? >> so you guys have seen those awkward -- those things they do of people in awkward situations. first world problems and those things on youtube. you guys have seen thousands? now they do a new one and it's an awkward situation problem. this is by scooter mcgruder. >> you've got to love a guy named scooter mcgruder. let's watch how he summed up these awkward situations. >> top 100 that awkward moment when. mom recommends eharmony.com. when someone holds a hug too long. when your sister walks in during a sex scene in a movie or dad. when you you feel something crawling on you. when someone recognizes you but you don't recognize them. >> do i know you? >> when you can't recognize your own handwriting. you can't remember what happened in real life or a dream. when you don't remember if you put on deodorant. when you're left with someone you just met. when you ask someone how pregnant they are. >> i'm not pregnant. >> and they're not pregnant. you're day dreaming and you realize someone has been looking at y
as the big hole over us right now, by the time we get past the next couple hours, we're going to be fairly dry. then the hole is going to start to fill in. a little bit of sleet mixing in with the rain south. this will be a wintry day for some folks. that will be those folks up to the north. i think temperatures will remain low enough that when it snows, that snow will stay on the ground. for any untreated secondary roads, it could get a little slippery. louden county, you could get 1, maybe 2 inches of snow. same around montgomery county and baltimore. then mainly rain from d.c. south and east. we'll talk more about what you can expect behind this system after all this snow and we'll look at new year's eve coming up. >> thank you. >>> this winter storm is expected to affect mostly the northern and western parts of our area. news 4's derek ward has been on the roads this morning monitoring the conditions. derek, what have you seen so far? >> reporter: well, so far, not a lot. we did see some flakes at about 5:00 this morning. this is what we've seen a lot of. these trucks with their flashi
us get not what you want, but something where we can reassure 97% or so of americans -- they haven't set the actual cutoff, a quarter million a year, $400,000 a year, $500,000 a year, something in that area, people above that, to get a tax rate hike on income above that. the president is insisting on a vote before the fiscal cliff. we'll have to see if john boehner goes along with that one and if the obama plan can pass the senate, but there's a bit of optimism, a bit of energy, the body language finally looks a bit more positive. back to you. >> steve, with that improvement body language and the prospects that maybe something will happened, doesn't the fact remain that representative boehner does not seem to have control of the republicans in the house, a group of them standing firm, no taxes -- on a no tax increase on anybody. >> that's right, which is why boehner pulled the plug, jim, you'll recall, on that vote, which was supposed to be a show vote to put the pressure on the president to draw the line at a million. when he realized he didn't have a majority of the republicans,
watched with worry and frustration. >> i think they are all failing us a great deal and i am sick and tired of them fighting. >> it's the equivalent of worrying about your mortgage after you are already homeless. >> and meanwhile, president obama has been consistent in raising taxes on wealthy americans. and david gregory sat down with the president for an exclusive interview you will see coming up on "meet the press." >>> and police found a body last night around 8:30 in southwest d.c. the victim was behind the wheel when he was shot and then he crashed into a tree. no word on the developments in a search for a gunman or if there has been an arrest. >>> family friends and classmates will hold a can light vigil. >> the 22-year-old. police found string fellow dead. they say the two planned to meet. stringfellow played football in prince william county. >> it was really hard for me. because he was one of those guys my freshman year he brought me under his wing and showed me what to do and not to do, and it hurts me to see him gone like that. >> he played football in virginia and he
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